Giusti became the face of that mean and nasty tea party movement. However, there is a bit of a problem with that talk track and it has to do with Giusti's criminal record - it simply doesn't fit the profile of a Tea Party member.
Via ABC 7 in San Francisco:
In 2004, Giusti was convicted of criminal threats. The San Mateo District Attorney's office says he was trying to evade the fare on a Caltrain, and when the conductor tried to kick him off, Giusti started yelling and threatening the conductor's life. As a result, Giusti was sentenced to one year in county jail and three years supervised probation. He was also ordered to undergo mental health counseling.My favorite is the idea that a Tea Party member would be convicted of Welfare Fraud. Then again, maybe if he was a self-professed liberal and committed such a crime, he'd be let off like ACORN.
There is also a lawsuit filed in February by Hamilton Square Baptist Church in San Francisco. It says, "Giusti has engaged in and continues to engage in a campaign of harassment" against people at the church.
Giusti also has a record of skipping out on his BART fares and causing disruptions. BART sued him in 1996.
He also has two convictions in San Francisco for welfare fraud and petty theft from 1992.
h/t to Verum Serum